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Two alternating Auckland City Councillor's Lotu Fuli and Shane Henderson tell us the latest in Council news every Thursday on The Wire. 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: November 11th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: November 11th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: November 11th, 2022, 14.38 MB
Fri 11 Nov 2022

Various criticisms have been levied at the level of infrastructure funding available in West Auckland, especially when compared to other areas in Tamaki Makaurau. 

This comes after continuous issues with the western line train services, which are being consistently cancelled for repairs without a substantive bus system to replace it. 

There’s also bee chat about delays in building a new complex in the North West of Auckland, which has been in talks for years but faced various delays. 

To learn more about what the council is doing to curb these issues, Liam spoke to Shane Henderson, the councillor for the Waitakere Ward.

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: November 4th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: November 4th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: November 4th, 2022, 18.01 MB
Fri 4 Nov 2022

The recent local elections have resulted in Michael Lee becoming the new councillor for Waitemata and Gulf. 

Lee has previously held the position before losing in 2019, now coming back in the midst of a wave of new councillors. 

Liam had a chat with him for our City Counselling segment, to learn more about his run, his goals for the future, and helicopters. 

 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 28th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 28th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 28th, 2022, 13.84 MB
Fri 28 Oct 2022

Auckland's current council term has now properly begun, with councillors being sworn in and beginning to set the groundwork for the next three years. 

This includes the swearing in of new Deputy Mayor Delsey Simpson, who has made clear that she and mayor Wayne Brown have some differences in council approaches they’ll need to work through. 

Waitakere Ward Councillor Shane Henderson has previously worked with Simpson, so for today's City Counselling segment Liam and Shane had a chat about what she could bring to Tamaki Makaurau. 

They also spoke about the mass delays affecting Auckland's Western Train Line, and internet coverage in the outer western ranges. 

 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 14th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 14th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 14th, 2022, 14.88 MB
Fri 14 Oct 2022

Last week the Tāmaki Makaurau local elections concluded, seeing an overall shift to the centre right exemplified by the landslide win of Wayne Brown. 

This was largely due to an overrepresentation of older, upper-class people in the vote, a symptom of incredibly low voter turnouts across the board. 

Many people criticised the accessibility of local election voting, with minister for local democracy Nania Mahuta being one of many who didn’t receive their papers in the mail.

In our regular City Counselling segment, we’ve had a chat with Shane Henderson, who has recently been re-elected to the Waitakere ward seat about the elections and his upcoming goals. 

 

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 10th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 10th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 10th, 2022, 11.46 MB
Fri 7 Oct 2022

Local elections are in their final stretch, with a little under 24 hours to go before voting officially closes. 

Postal ballots were closed last Tuesday, however you can still vote by putting your envelope into a ballot box available near Countdown supermarkets, libraries, and various other places. 

The voter turnout this year has been grim, with lower levels of voter turnout across Auckland especially amongst younger people. 

Many have criticised the way the local government elections have been rolled out, with issues of voting papers not turning up or too many barriers to voting.

Liam spoke to city councillor Pippa  Coom about the local elections, why they’re important, and why there's been such a low turnout.

 

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022, 14.9 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

As we are in the midst of local election voting, councillors are beginning to wrap up their terms with Final Reports. 

Pippa Coom, the councillor for Waitematā and Gulf, has recently released her own report on the achievements she’s made and issues she’s encountered over the past three years.
As a part of their fortnightly chats on City Counselling, Liam and Pippa had a kōrero about the report and what she’s looking to do if re-elected.

They also spoke more broadly about the local elections, as well as ongoing climate strikes happening around the country today.

 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022, 14.92 MB
Fri 16 Sep 2022

Earlier this week the City Rail Link reached a milestone, breaking through the end of its final tunnel.

The tunnel boring machine created space for the new rail system by breaking through fifteen metres of cement per day. 

The machine was Named after Dame Whina Cooper, the Maori Rights activist who led the hikoi to parliament. 

For this week’s segment of City Counselling, I had a chat with Shane Henderson about the City Rail Link milestone as well as the 2022 Mayoral conservation awards.

 

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022, 18.13 MB
Fri 9 Sep 2022

The White Lady food truck has recently had it’s licence extended by twelve months by the Auckland Council. 

This came after weeks of tension, due to a complaint against the white lady being made by a store that operates nearby it. 

The store complained about rubbish being left on the street, and of drunk customers loitering nearby.

This led to The White Lady having it’s licence restricted, which saw major backlash to the council for punishing struggling local businesses.

Liam had a chat with Auckland City Councillor Pippa Coom about the licence renewal, as well as various other efforts to revitalise the city centre.

 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 2nd, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 2nd, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 2nd, 2022, 17.6 MB
Fri 2 Sep 2022

Submissions have just recently opened for the Auckland Unitary Plan, a new set of rules and guidelines for construction in Auckland. 

This can see wider ability for more dense housing to be built in areas closer to the city centre, and near public transport.

To learn more, Liam spoke to councillor Shane Henderson for our regular city counselling segment. 

They also later spoke about getting young folks involved in local elections. 

 

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: August 26th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: August 26th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: August 26th, 2022, 13.32 MB
Fri 26 Aug 2022

Auckland's mayoral elections and getting closer and closer, and the beliefs of some candidates have been called into question by commentators.

Many have pointed out candidates who have links to conspiracy groups, and others have criticised the policy of larger candidates such as Viv Beck.  

Liam had a chat with city councillor Pippa Coom about her take on the candidates, as well as her thoughts on the Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway.